Palin Book All 'Fabrications': McCain Aide

In Maddow interview, Wallace points to 'bizarre fixation' on past
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2009 10:18 AM CST

(Newser) – Rachel Maddow’s show has surely been the locus of some Sarah Palin bashing, but last night it got its ammunition from an unlikely source—her handler during last year’s campaign. Nicolle Wallace is not happy about her characterization in Palin’s Going Rogue, and gave an interview despite John McCain’s suggestion that former staffers sit this one out. “She hated me from the beginning,” says Wallace, the woman who torpedoed John Kerry’s 2004 bid with the choice phrase, “flip-flop.”

The book “is a bizarre fixation on things that everyone else has moved on from,” Wallace tells the MSNBC host. Of particular interest, Gawker reports, is Wallace's take on the Katie Couric interview, which Palin, on Oprah, said no one had prepared her for because it was supposed to come off as "lighthearted, fun, working mom speaking with working mom." No way, says Wallace, who notes it was specifically set up as a “walk-and-talk in front of the UN” to “highlight her foreign political savvy.” It surely wasn’t supposed to be “about two ‘working gals.'" That’s “either rationalization or justification or fiction.”